Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Up in Smoke

Predictably, there has been an outcry against the smoking ban in pubs as an infringement on liberty. The usual argument is that if you don't like smoke, don't go into a smoky pub. Well, here in Barnsley, virtually every pub is a smoky pub, yet often it is a minority of individuals who are creating this atmosphere. I like a pint in a pub, but I object to sore eyes and stinking like an ashtray at the end of the evening. If pub landlords had made a bit of effort at providing smoke free areas - real smoke free, not just a small area where people can't smoke but smoke can drift all over the place - then a lot of this issue would have been defused.

So tough, smokers - a little more consideration on your part could have avoided this, but as you all couldn't give a toss about my right to not suffer the effects of smoke, so I don't give a toss about your supposed loss of freedom.

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